Some other DATES TO REMEMBER: Be sure to pick the dates that interest you and write and write them in on your calendars:

Saturday, April 26, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM — at UMaine Orono — HOPE FESTIVAL
We opted not to have a table this year, for valid reasons, but suggested that some people attend and roam (it’s a really
good, interesting event), wearing a FOSI hat or badge, and having some handouts with them.

Sunday, April 27, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Pm, SIGNS OF SPRING ON SEARS ISLAND–. Enjoy a varied and entertaining nature walk with an expert naturalist Todd Miller to look for spring activity on the island. This walk will be appropriate for children and adults. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the walk if you’d like. Rain date is May 3rd.

ALSO Sunday, April 27, 11:00 AM TRAIL MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP–Contact Tom Mullin at or 207.380.6413 to register


Saturday, May 10, BIRD WALK ON SEARS ISLAND, Co-sponsored withh BBWC (Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition) — For more details, check with BBWC’s Newsletter on line.


OTHER ACTIVITIES April and MayMID COAST FROG WATCH –We’d like to get any FOSI members or volunteers that would like to help survey amphibians on Sears Island to participate.

It’s easy, fun, and only requires a few visits to small wetland areas. If you’d like to work at another wetland off the island, this is a chance to do the work in other areas, as well. The more we know about what frogs and toads are present on Sears Island now, the greater the likelihood we can become aware of declines in populations or loss of species diversity in the future.

Contact Aleta if you have questions or would like training to participate.


Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 – 8:30 PM — THE MAPMEETUP –At the Belfas t Free Library

friends of Sears Is land members are invited to join a wide array of community groups exploring mapping, from us ing maps for planning and community buildiing all the way to how mapping is done in the digital age. Local mapping efforts and tools to use will be dis cussed. A social time/map poster session will s tart the event. Local cartographer Margot Carpenter will be the keynote speaker.



Enjoy a spring walk (easy to moderate pace) around Sears Island – the jewel in Penobscot Bay.  Sierra Club Maine and Friends of Sears Island will cohost the walk, led by Sierra Club Outings Leader, Linda Murray and Bill Briggs, from 2–4 p.m. on Saturday May 31st.  Parking and access is at the causeway at the end of Sears Island Road off of Route 1 in Searsport.  Sears Island offers a wonderful opportunity for an easily accessible island experience, with abundant botanic and geological features to explore on the trails in the woods and along the shoreline.  


This event is one of many being planned around the state to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Celebrate nature and wildness, as well as some of the history of Sears Island, which the Sierra Club, Friends of Sears Island and others have worked for over 30 years to protect. 

Advance registration is not required.  For more information, contact Linda Murray at 207-205-4467 or